If you’re looking to spruce up an entertainment space, a bar cart is a discreet and functional way to do so. It’s not, however, as simple as stocking some shelves on wheels with your favorite liquor; designing the perfect bar cart for your home or office will take some planning. We’ve put together a guide to styling your bar cart.
Choose Your Style
A bar cart is by nature a vintage item, so it will lend any living room or corner office a certain period feel. That said, as with any vintage furniture, there is a wide range of styles to choose from.
A classic option is a two-tier Deco bar cart. Complete with the clean and sensible lines of Art Deco, paired with the movement’s characteristic touch of extravagance, this cart is surprisingly versatile. It will, of course, work well in a Deco-inspired room. But would also beautifully complement colorful floral wallpaper or bold color scheme.
This French Mid-Century Modernist bar cart is another stunning option. It’s decked out with a sleek brass plated frame, a mirrored banded glass top, and a lower shelf with bottle cutouts. This one could spruce up any home with an eclectic aesthetic.
The modern look is simple and tasteful. This modern Italian bar cart in the Style of Gio Ponti has a beautiful dark wood frame. Its dapper glass shelves and brass casters make it a sophisticated addition to any den or corner office.
There are many more style options to choose from. Since a bar cart is a mobile piece of furniture, you’ll want to think carefully about all the rooms it could make an appearance in before making your purchase.
What You’ll Need
Every bar cart needs to be well equipped, not only with booze, but with drink-making tools and serving ware as well. You’ll need a bottle opener and corkscrew, of course, but a shaker, a strainer, and an ice bucket with tongs are essential as well. A range of glasses is also necessary, including everything from highballs to wine glasses.
The staple alcohols that no bar cart can go without are vodka, whisky, gin, rum, brandy, and tequila. But it also helps if you have some liqueurs for a wider variety of drink-making ability: Campari, Kahlua, Vermouth, and Triple Sec. More sophisticated bar carts couple exotic liquor–like Mexican mescal or Brazilian cachaça–to offer your more adventurous guests.
Since not everyone takes their liquor straight, you’ll need to have some mixers handy. These should include several types of juices and sodas, as well as tonic, soda water, and bitters.
Preparing your bar cart is an art, and needs to be done with care. A few more tips will help you make your bar cart an unimpeachably elegant feature of the entertainment spaces in your home or office:
– Pick beautiful bottles: When it comes to stylish bar carts, the liquor is part of the décor and should be treated as such. If you like the liquor but it comes in an unattractive bottle, or one that doesn’t fit the esthetic of the cart, invest in some nice glassware to store it in.
– You don’t need every drink in the liquor store; too many bottles will make thecart look crowded. Seek out the balance between well-stocked and inundated, and remember you can keep some bottles in the back pantry!
– On the other hand, you shouldn’t limit the cart’s range; and you might want to include tea and coffee to serve your needs for daytime entertaining.
Follow these guidelines and your bar cart will make your soirées the talk of the town.